Third place for Dane Reynolds at Jeffreys Bay !!! Dane Reynolds (USA), 2008 ASP World Tour Rookie of the Year, lost a wave-starved Semifinal to eventual Runner-Up Hobgood, but impressively stamped his authority on today’s proceedings, besting 2009 ASP Dream Tour rookie Michel Bourez (PYF), 23, in the opening heat of the day before taking down giant-slaying wildcard Sean Holmes (ZAF), 31, with the highest-scoring heat total of the event, a 19.20 out of a possible 20.
Kelly Slater (USA), 37, reigning nine-time ASP World Champion, has claimed the 2009 Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro over an in-form Adriano de Souza (BRA), 22, in clean three-to-four foot (1 metre) waves at the main site of Praia Vila.
Aritz Aranburu (EUK) surfed the event of his life this week at the Billabong Pro Tahiti. Not only did the injury-plagued Basque surfer have the infamous shallow reef of Teahupoo to contend with, he also seemingly had a mountain to climb as regards his heat draw, which could not have been tougher. However, if anyone doubted the 23 year-old surfer in his second year on tour, they were soon to be proved wrong.
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast 2009 Euroforce 2009 follows the highs and lows of Europe’s top 7 surfers as they challenge the traditional surfing hierarchy. Can Jeremy Flores raise his game and better his 9th world ranking to challenge for the top spot? Can the newcomers win rookie of the year? This year a record 7 Europeans have earned their place on the World’s biggest surfing stage, the ASP World Tour. The first 2009 episode gives you backstage access action to the first event of the year, the Quiksilver Gold Coast Pro. Stay tuned after each Event for new episodes following the boys as they pursue the Dream Tour. Quiksilver will keep you tuned into the action.